Cleric remanded for allegedly assaulting minor
For allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl, a prophet has been arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The defendant, Sunday Akintayo (51), who claimed he was a cleric with the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ajelogo, Mile 12, was brought before Magistrate A. A. Demi-Ajayi on a two-count charge of unlawful sexual assault and shaving the eyebrows of the minor.
Prosecuting Inspector Moses Uadevmbo said the alleged offence was committed on July 11, at 11, Werugbara, Railway Line, Ilupeju, Mushin.
He alleged that the defendant raped the minor by severally dipping his finger into her private part, adding that the alleged offence contravened Sections 261(2) and 135(2) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.
Although the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, Uadevmbo objected an oral bail application made on his behalf by his lawyer, Alli Aba, on grounds that rape of minors was prevalent.
He also claimed that the defendant’s medical report showed that the minor was infected with Staphylococcus following which she was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital, adding that granting the defendant bail might jeopardize the victim’s case.
Magistrate Demi-Ajayi, who ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending a formal bail application, adjourned the case till September 24.
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